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ERIC Number: EJ828287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
"The Future Is Old": Immersive Learning with Generation Y Engineering Students
Blashki, Katherine; Nichol, Sophie; Jia, Dawei; Prompramote, Supawan
European Journal of Engineering Education, v32 n4 p409-420 Aug 2007
This paper explores the application of four elements deemed to be essential to immersive learning; immersion, engagement, risk/creativity and agency. The authors discuss the implementation of these four elements within two very different classroom environments, one secondary and one tertiary, to illustrate the importance of students' active participation in the planning, design and development processes of their own learning environments. By transforming both the conceptual and operational environments of both cohorts the authors illustrate the benefits of the development of immersive learning environments. Importantly, such environments must reflect the choices and preferences of the learner as they negotiate their way through the learning journey that best suits their needs. Rather than the imposition of a learning regime considered to be irrelevant, but more importantly "boring" to the student cohort, the authors argue that immersive learning environments are successful because they are reliant on the students' enthusiastic creation of their own knowledge in collaboration with adults and student colleagues. This study can be applied in all spectrums of education (primary, secondary and tertiary), and in this case, specifically engineering education. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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